May 16 - British Prime Minister David Cameron suffers a blow in parliament as a third of his own party’s MPs vote against him in protest at his stance on the EU. Simon Hanna reports.
British Prime Minister David Cameron may have been glad he missed this particular parliamentary vote. The Conservative party leader - on a trip to the United States - was spared the embarrassment of having to witness on Wednesday a rebellion from his own party within the House of Commons. Tory rebels voted against Cameron in protest at his stance on the European Union - they want Cameron's promise of a 2017 referendum on British membership of the EU to be legally binding. Although the revolt was defeated, around a third of Conservative lawmakers voted against the prime minister, raising questions about Cameron's leadership. The centre right Tory party - in a ruling coalition with the Liberal Democrats - has 305 members of parliament. 116 of them voted against the government.